Hearing on Forest Management to Mitigate Wildfires: Legislative Solutions, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 27, 2017 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is from the September 27, 2017 hearing on "Forest Management to Mitigate Wildfires: Legislative Solutions," held before the Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the opening statement of John Barrasso: "Today the Committee is going to hear testimony on three bills related to catastrophic wildfires burning across the West. Senator Daines has introduced Senate 605, the Litigation Relief for Forest Management Projects Act, which would address conflicting circuit court decisions and prevent costly delays in forest management as a result of duplicative consultation requirements. [...] In addition, these dead forests are much more prone to catastrophic fires. These hot, fast-moving fires are unpredictable and cause significant damage to the ecosystem and surrounding communities. There are the obvious impacts from these fires, and we have a poster board to show Bambi running away from a wildfire. Wildlife that flee too slowly are burned, homes and habitat are lost, and smoke billows into the air. Smoke and ash travel for miles, spreading fear among those who already face respiratory challenges, as this poster shows. Looks like a woman and her child walking with masks over their faces be-cause of the impact of the smoke from the fire. It is not uncommon to see people, including children and the elderly, wearing face masks. Coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes leads people to ask, is all that wildfire smoke damaging my health?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jessica Crowder, Lawson Fite, and Collin O'Mara.
S. Hrg. 115-112; Senate Hearing 115-112
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